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VOL. TMN-8 | NO. 14 | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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Plans Revealed for $55 Million Central Station Project

Conceptual plans were revealed Friday for the widely anticipated redevelopment of Central Station.

Spears Is New Democratic Party Chair

Randa Spears is the new chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Party, chosen at the end of a local party convention Saturday, March 28, at First Baptist Church on Broad.

FedEx Chips In on Namesake University of Memphis Institute

FedEx Corporate Services Inc. is donating $3 million over three years to the FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis.

SPECIAL EDITION Health Care Reform

Understanding Obamacare

Local experts convene for seminar to discuss health care law

Talk to almost any business owner, whether theirs is a boutique retail operation or sprawling corporate office, and a two-pronged refrain quickly begins to repeat itself: Health care costs are one of the biggest, if not the biggest, slices of our budget.

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Church Health Center Readies for Crosstown Move

The leadership of the Church Health Center has been talking for a few years now about the significance of its move into Crosstown Concourse in 2017 – an indication of its deeply held commitment to a vision the center’s founder has carried with him since his youth.

HealthChoice CEO Touts Data-Driven Care

Mitch Graves thinks there’s a better approach to health care than the model built around patching people up once they show up at their doctor’s office or in the emergency room.

Go, Go Gadget Health

Wearable tech portends health industry shift

The proliferation of fitness bands, activity trackers, smartwatches that monitor a variety of health-related metrics and more makes one thing clear when it comes to health care.

Editorial: Revived Insure Tennessee Deserves a Floor Vote

Insure Tennessee deserves a vote on the floors of the Tennessee House and Senate.

THE MEMPHIS NEWS ALMANAC

This Week in Memphis History: March 27-April 2

1985: The NCAA Final Four basketball playoffs in Lexington, Ky., with the Memphis State University Tigers among the four top teams, along with St. John’s, Villanova and Georgetown.

Collins Won't Seek Re-election

Memphis City Council member Harold Collins will not be running for re-election to the council this year even if he doesn’t run for Memphis Mayor.

High Water

Corps of Engineers chief says river’s infrastructure needs money

The city’s 3.3 miles of floodwalls and five miles of levees held in the 2011 near record rise of the Mississippi River at Memphis.

Flurry of Fred’s News Includes Fourth-Quarter Loss

Fred’s Inc. reported a fourth-quarter loss Thursday, March 26, the day after announcing a major acquisition to its pharmacy network as well as the addition of several new executives.

Ford Talks Then And Now Of Politics

Former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. still talks about his early political schedule as a first-time candidate in 1996 speaking to Memphis kindergarten students.

Archimania Moving Forward With South Main Plans

Memphis architecture firm archimania is inching closer to building a new headquarters and apartment development in the South Main neighborhood Downtown.

Harahan Bridge Could Get Brighter

Memphis civic and business leaders are in the early stages of talking with an anonymous donor about lighting the Harahan Bridge while a Memphis-based movie theater titan is exploring building a new theater Downtown.

Interactive Volunteer Program Launches in Memphis

A new program that launched this week in Memphis is built around bringing a big dose of innovation to local volunteerism.

School Leaders Concerned About Closing Disruptions

Orleans Elementary School closed last year and its 169 students were transferred to Lincoln Elementary School for the current school year.

Well-Known Names Host Strickland Fundraiser

At $1,500 per person or couple, a fundraiser Tuesday, March 24, for the mayoral campaign of Memphis City Council member Jim Strickland is an indication the campaign to the October city ballot is picking up in intensity.

Sparking Change

Lineup makes nonprofit conference a can’t-miss event

Memphis is not Silicon Valley. And the nonprofit sector is not the tech industry. But nonprofits could perhaps learn something from companies large and small that make Silicon Valley the tech epicenter.

City Files Blight Suit Over Downtown Property

A building on a block that was meant to serve as an example of Downtown’s rebirth is in such bad condition that it is endangering adjacent properties, the city of Memphis claims in a new lawsuit.

Paragon Bank Celebrates 10-Year Milestone in 2015

Paragon Bank is blowing out a milestone candle on its birthday cake this year.

Achievement School District Changes Frayser Leadership

Tim Ware says if you want to get a quick idea about the tenor of a school, visit the cafeteria during a lunch period.

Fashion Forward

Memphis Fashion Week celebrates local artists, designers and retailers

Memphis Fashion Week is celebrating its emergence as a full-fledged event.

Overton Park Protests Challenge Parking Pact

On the first Saturday of spring, a group of eight protesters blocked overflow Memphis Zoo parking on the Overton Park greensward for several hours.

St. Jude Adds Chair of Radiation Oncology

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has a new chair for its Department of Radiation Oncology, a key position at a time when the hospital has increasingly taken steps to bolster its radiation therapy programs.

Jindal Offers Political Red Meat On Foreign Policy

Some politicians considering a bid for president will talk a lot about the details of running a nationwide campaign at a point like this – more than a year and a half until the Presidential general election but less than a year out from the Presidential primaries.

Growth Cycle

Victory Bicycle Studio preparing to expand, hunting for new location

When he’s not busy selling bikes and hooking anyone he can deep into bike culture, Victory Bicycle Studio owner Clark Butcher is thinking about the next location of his business.

Sammons Appointment Stalled, Wharton Makes Other Moves

His plan to make Jack Sammons his new chief administrative officer is stalled – at best – but other parts of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s election-year overhaul of his administration are starting to move.

Salinger Court Fight Involves Law, Literature Business

When 22 of his short stories and other writings were published in 1974, J.D. Salinger broke a 20-year public silence and explained his feelings about his early works before he wrote “The Catcher In The Rye.”

I Choose Memphis: Hannah Zachary

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.

SPORTS

Grizz Suffer ‘Beat Down’ as LBJ and Cavs Continue to Step Up

The Cleveland Cavaliers were on a three-game winning streak. The Memphis Grizzlies were on a three-game winning streak. They were each the No. 2 seed in their respective conferences.

U of M Hoops Looking Less Than Stable

So Josh Pastner is transferring to Arizona State, Tom Bowen to Cal, and Nick King and Pookie Powell to points unknown.

Tigers Baseball Team Enjoys 10-Game Win Streak

The University of Memphis baseball team is riding a 10-game winning streak, but the most amazing part of that streak is that the Tigers have played eight games consecutive games without postponement.

In-State Emphasis Paying Off for Vols Swim Program

You don’t need to search the Allan Jones Aquatic Center for a reminder of Tennessee’s glory years in men’s swimming under legendary coach Ray Bussard.

NEWSMAKERS

Sweet Potato Baby Cooks Up Awards

Aryen Moore-Alston, executive chef and owner of Sweet Potato Baby, recently received two honors for the boutique catering and baked-goods company she opened in Memphis last year.

REAL ESTATE RECAP

New Tigers Indoor Football Facility Nears Kick-Off

1115 E. Getwell Loop, Memphis, TN 38152, Permit Amount: $15 million -
The long-awaited goal of an indoor practice facility for the University of Memphis football team is becoming a reality.

SMALL BUSINESS

Group Benefits Aids Employers Navigating Health Care Reform

Tim Finnell admits that the ins and outs of the Affordable Care Act are convoluted, and employers trying to navigate group plans for their companies are easily overwhelmed.

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Days These Days

GOING RIGHT BACK OUT THERE ANYWAY. I get lots of email about the kind of days friends are having these days – days like mine.

Personally Impersonal

It’s not an uncommon experience for an interview to go incredibly well, and then to receive a very impersonal “thanks, but no thanks” e-mail from the hiring manager. Even worse, you could receive an automated e-mail from the company’s application system that provides virtually no information. This experience can be frustrating at best and anger inducing at worst.

Utilizing Health Savings Accounts

Ray's Take: Health savings accounts turned 10 in 2014. These accounts, which allow individuals to set aside money for current or future health care costs on a tax-free basis, are an under-utilized tool that few of us take advantage of.

Cool Catt

The Honorable George Rose Smith is depicted in a John Deering wall-mounted bronze relief at the Central Arkansas Library System’s main branch. He’s in his robe, seated in front of a giant crossword grid. The inscription reads: “Wordsmith Extraordinaire – New York Times Crossword Puzzle Author – Arkansas Supreme Court Justice 1949-1987.”

Big Day Lived Up to the Hype

We have asserted since late 2014 that March 18th would mark the biggest day of 2015 as the Fed mapped out its medium-term interest rate policy.

Twitter Marketing Strategies

This friend of mine – we’ll call him Luke – told an interesting story recently.

Health Care Revitalization

Health care is always in the news: advances in health care technology, groundbreaking research, and health care disparities are just a few. Yet there’s one story we rarely hear: the role of hospital or medical center related health care foundations.

Inside a Travel Planner’s Methods

It’s a little-known fact, but a few years ago I started a trip-planning business.

Taking Off the Training Wheels

Here’s a Studio secret. We have a natural client attrition plan inherent in our business model. We not only lead innovation projects, but also give away our practices as part of the process.

TENNESSEE LEDGER
Nashville Edition

‘Teach a Man to Fish’

Entrepreneurial solutions help nonprofits find success

After getting his degree in social work, Don Leyrer, 62, spent the first half of his career in the field, including housing abused children, before moving on to law enforcement as a probation officer.

Eastman Brings Military Experience to YWCA

Any nonprofit’s operations can benefit from some military precision, and that’s what the YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee is hoping for with the hiring of Marjorie Eastman as its first president and chief operating officer.

Equality Project Still Tough Sell in Some Areas

A decade into its existence, the Tennessee Equality Project is facing a year that will likely contain its biggest milestones.

Beat of Life Uses Music to Help Children in Crisis

Jeni Dominelli knows what it feels like to be on the outside of society. After her father committed a high-profile white collar crime in San Diego in the 1980s, her childhood was at the same time shattered and thrown in the spotlight. Her family’s money was gone, the media had a field day and her father was sent to prison.

Legislators Find Reasons to Deny In-State Tuition

La Vergne High School graduate Cesar Bautista, who has lived in Tennessee since he was 8 years old, is among a group of students who’ve been here most of their lives but are still forced to pay out-of-state college tuition because they don’t have legal status.

Moms Demand Action Seeks Common-Sense Gun Restrictions

It’s another blood-pressure-raising Tennessee legislative session – at least for a politically active group of moms concerned about their children potentially being shot.

That Old Fireplace? No, It’s Strictly Decorative

There is a new trend developing in the sale of homes in the area.

Knoxville Edition

Commercial Real Estate Bounces Back

‘Very positive’ trend replaces gloom of Great Recession

After slowing to a crawl in the years following the Great Recession, commercial real estate activity in Metropolitan Knoxville is showing signs of sustained growth.

FedEx Chips In on Namesake University of Memphis Institute

FedEx Corporate Services Inc. is donating $3 million over three years to the FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis.

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